March 30, 2020
Business As Un-Usual – MHP’s COVID-19 Response
While focused on ensuring the health and safety of our Team Members as well as our clients and business partners; MHP remains committed to steering a thoughtful, steady course as we look to maintain services during the challenges we all face with the continually developing COVID-19 situation and the Safer at Home declarations issued by the State of California, County of Los Angeles and surrounding cities.
In recognition of the Governor and County’s Order, and with the dynamic situation before us, the need to minimize risks to our staff, our clients and our business partners will remain our guiding principle while we work together to slow the progression of COVID-19. In advance of the “Safer at Home Order”, we have been transitioning our staff to a Work from Home (WFH) model. In accordance with the new directive, we fully implemented our WFH policy effective at the close of business Friday, March 20. In complying with the Order, we anticipate our WFH policy will remain in effect until at least April 19, 2020.
With our transition to remote-license software such as Office 365, Bluebeam, and our analysis tools; coupled with more robust technology solutions; and combined with experience gained in response to past earthquakes; we are equipped to support remote communication and collaboration between our team members, clients and partners.
MHP has implemented the following actions through our WFH policies:
- First and foremost, our company will ensure that the health, safety and well-being of our staff remains paramount in our decision making.
- In transitioning to WFH our goal is to protect one another, while ensuring our ability to manage workflow, meet critical deadlines, and support continued collaboration. We anticipate our technology tools and systems in place will allow us to minimize disruption to projects while allowing our team greater flexibility to address personal and family considerations.
- To fully comply with the Safer at Home Order we are asking our clients and partners to assess the situation behind any site visit or other out-of-office meeting requests. In these efforts, we wish to limit in-person activities while balancing the need to support our project teams. If a site visit is necessary, we have instructed our team members to exercise the 6-foot rule to the extent possible. We anticipate our clients and partners will similarly minimize in-person expectations as we work together.
- Our Principals and Project managers will work closely with our internal and external project teams to review schedules and staffing needs. We will closely monitor agency (plan review and permitting) availability to ensure schedules remain effective in meeting our clients’ expectations within the auspices of this National Emergency.
We will remain on top of the current recommendations from Local, State and Federal agencies, including the CDC, and will communicate any changes in our response as necessitated by their guidance.
Thank you for your understanding and efforts as we continue to navigate these changing waters together. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of our Principals, Associates or Project Managers.